Genres: Alternative rock, Pop rock, Experimental
Members: Hyde, Tetsuya, Ken, Yukihiro
Formed: 1991


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L'Arc-en-Ciel (Jap.ラルクアンシエfrancs. "Rainbow", and L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel).
In February 1991, bassist Tetsuya Ogawa (the future leader of the group), Hyde vocalist, guitarist Hiro and drummer Pero, founded the band L'Arc ~ en ~ Ciel, and about a year later became known in his hometown of Osaka. However, Hiro left the group June 12, 1992, so Tetsu convinced his friend Ken Kitamura leave school at the university and join the band as a guitarist.
Soon, December 30, 1992 the group left and Pero, who replaced in 1993 by new drummer Yasunori Sakuradzava came into the group. First in April 1993 the band released their debut album Dune on the Danger Crue indie label. The album was a success and reached number one on the Oricon charts, triggering the interest of several major labels.


In 1994, L'Arc-en-Ciel presented their second album, Tierra, advancing division Ki / oon Sony company. Heavenly appeared in 1995. In 1996 True album followed, became the first platinum plate group.
1997 - Care Sakura. In February 1997, drummer Sakura was arrested for illegal possession of drugs. He officially left the band on October 4, 1997. This date marked the biggest decline in the group's history. When news of the arrest were leaked to the media, followed by an immediate response of the authorities, and the discs were removed from sale. The song "The Fourth Avenue Cafe" recorded as the opening theme for Rurouni Kenshin has been replaced by the theme "Heart of the Sword" after 6 episodes. Release of the single "The Fourth Avenue Cafe" was postponed, and was released only in 2006. The next few months, the band continued to shine in the magazines, but as a trio. "The Zombies", the symbolic name of the clone group performed their last song together with the cover band and Marilyn Manson Irresponsible Hate Anthem.
The return of the group and the emergence of a new drummer Yukihiro (former drummer of Zi: Kill and Die in Cries) marked a new concert program Reincarnation 97 Live in Tokyo Dome. The first concert in Tokyo attended by 56,000 people bought tickets for 4 minutes, a record at that time.

In 1997 a group introduced single "Niji", after leaving the first single Sakura with Yukihiro as a session musician. Shortly after the successful release of the single, Yukihiro officially became the drummer of L'Arc-en-Ciel.


At the 1998 single "Winter Fall" became the first leader of the hit parade Oricon. L'Arc-en-Ciel released the album Heart 25 February 1998. Ark and Ray began July 1, 1999, and was the first album to sell at the same time in all Asian countries. Both conquered the top of the Asian charts, Ark ranked first, Ray- the second. These albums again beat group record, selling a circulation of 2 million copies each.


The next album Real was released August 30, 2000. Stay Away song from that album became level DrumMania-4 Mix. For some time, the group has stopped active release albums. 2001-2003 - pause and solo projects Compiling Clicked Singles Best 13 was presented March 14 2001 will include 12 songs that fans have chosen in all of Asia, as well as an additional song "Anemone". Real album was re-released in Super Audio CD format on July 4, 2001. The final single before a pause "Spirit Dreams Inside: Another Dream"released on September 5, 2001, included the song "Spirit Dreams Inside" in English, which has become final theme in the movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

After Spirit Dreams Inside, the group has suspended activities, allowing musicians to engage in solo projects. Hyde introduced two solo albums (Roentgen and 666) and starred in the movie Moon Child with the popular Japanese singer Gackt 'om. Hyde Adam also played in the movie Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), based on the homonymous manga. Ken recorded the album Sons of All Pussys with the first drummer of L'Arc-en-Ciel Sakura. Tetsu organized Tetsu69 project (now simply Tetsu). Yukihiro became the vocalist in Acid Android. 3 collections The Best of L'Arc-en-were published March 19, 2003. This series collection includes everything which existed at that time singles besides "Spirit Dreams Inside -Another Dream".


2004 - the revival and US debut in June 2003, L'Arc-en-Ciel agreed to hold a series of seven concerts in Tokyo called the Shibuya Seven Days for which was announced a new album.

Group introduced the single "Ready Steady Go" in February 2004, the first single for 3 years. The song was used as the opening theme to the popular anime series "Fullmetal Alchemist". She won the top of the weekly Oricon singles chart. A cover of the song sounds in the game "Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan "on the console Nintendo DS. Then, in early March, followed by "Hitomi no Jūnin".

Smile album went on sale on 31 March. A short time later, June 2, 2004, the single "Jiyuu e no Shoutai" introduced the band P'unk-en-Ciel, the full composition of L'Arc-en-Ciel in which participants exchanged instruments and radically changed their style and image. Song "Milky Way" was recorded this composition. July 31, 2004 L'Arc-en-Ciel gave a debut concert in North America on anime- convention Otakon, held annually in Baltimore, Maryland. Around 12 thousand people attended the concert, first held at the 1st Mariner Arena in the framework of the festival. Also, the concert was the first performance of the Japanese group at this stage.


May 31, 2005 Tofu Records presented a DVD of the concert with Otakona- Live in USA 25 June 2007 the group signed a cooperation contract with HMV America. 2005-2006: Asian concert tour and solo projects in 2005, the band recorded several singles with the songs "Killing Me", "New World", and "Jojōshi" were included in the Awake album, released June 22, along with the track "Lost Heaven", which became the final theme in the animated film Fullmetal Alchemist movie. The single "Link" (20.07.2005), which became the opening theme in the film was included in the next album Kiss. August 25 started Awake tour, held only in Japan. The tour was devoted to the topic of failure of the war, which responded to the lyrics. Behind him followed by Asia Live 2005 tour with concerts in Seoul and Shanghai.

It ended in the Japan Tokyo Dome. After Awake and Asia Live tours participants of L'Arc-en-Ciel returned to their solo projects. Tetsuya started a new band called Creature Creature. Yokihiro again joined Acid Android, which released the single "Let's Dance" on April 5th 2006. Acid Android along with another Japanese group Mucc 2 gave a concert in Shanghai in April. Hyde composed the song "Glamorous Sky", which became the theme for the film based on the manga Nana with popular singer Mika Nakashima in the title role. For the first time Hyde wrote songs for other artists. His last solo album, Faith released April 26, 2006. In its support for the concerts across Japan from April to August. The conclusion of the contract with Tofu Records, followed by 4 small concert in San Francisco and Anaheim, California in the United States. Hyde made his debut in the US in July 2006, making the first of a group of his solo project international. August 23 Ken released a solo single entitled "Speed 2006-2009 -. 15th anniversary of the debut concert in Europe anniversary.

on 25 and 26 November 2006 L'Arc-en-Ciel played 2 concerts at the Tokyo Dome in honor of its fifteenth entitled L'Anniversary. The tickets were sold out in 2 minutes, beating the previous record. The official site has posted a form of voting, so that every fan can decide which songs he wanted to hear the concert. Later the concert was broadcast on the channel WOWOW December 23, 2006 and Korean MTV February 8, 2007. After that, the song "Shine" was recorded, which was Execu zovana as the opening theme to the anime Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. Tour Mata Heart Ni Hi Wo Tsukero 2007 was conducted in Japan.


May 30, 2007 the group presented the new single "Seventh Heaven", which again won the Oricon chart Song Bell "is the first opening theme to the TV series Mobile Suit Gundam 00. The single was released October 10, 2007, also finishing in the top Oricon C November 14 to December 25, fans can purchase a special limited edition of the single." Hurry Xmas "with two new DVD: 15th L'Anniversary Live and Chronicle 3. The new studio album, which was released November 21, 2007 debuted at the top of the charts Oricon.

L'Arc-en-Ciel Theater of Kiss had a tour, which was held from December 22, 2007 until February 17, 2008. The song "Drink It Down" became the opening theme for the game Japanese PS3 / Xbox360- Devil May Cry 4, it was followed by a single 2 April 2008 and took the top of the Oricon weekly charts.


The band went on tour L'7 ~ Trans Asia via Paris ~ which covered many major Asian cities, as well as Paris. On August 27 concert were announced break from live performances to the 2011 single "Nexus 4 / Shine" and DVD Tour 2007-2008 Theater of Kiss. Concert DVD Live in Paris was released May 20, 2009. Hyde and KAZ founded the rock duo Vamps and released their first album Vamps June 10, 2009. 2010 December 1, 2009 L'Arc-en-Ciel have announced a new single "Bless", which was sold to 27 in January 2010 and was the subject of the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver on NHK channel. Also, Tetsu said that he changed his stage name to tetsuya and published his first artbook, who took second place in the ranking of the Talent Book Charts, accommodate images from the early concerts and 30,000 interview with bassist. The latest release QUADRINITY ~ MEMBER'S BEST SELECTIONS ~ consists of 4 CDs with 7 favorite songs of each member recorded their own arrangements. The first series also includes a DVD with a collection of entries participating in quizzes and other TV shows.

2011 - 20th Anniversary January 1, 2011 during the "L'A Happy New Year!" group not only met the New Year, but also celebrated its 20-year jubilee. On February 16, the light went out of their release - the album Twenity, which consisted of three parts (Twenity 1991-1996, Twenity 1997-1999, and Twenity 2000-2010) combined to set Twenity Box 9 March 2011. Then followed the release of the collection album "best of ", which includes the best hits from the moment of formation of the group and to their new work. Twenity 1991-1996 gathered the hits starting with Dune and album to album True. Twenity 1997-1999 presented by releases of the singles "Niji" to "Love Flies". Twenity 2000-2010 incorporates releases with bilateral "Neo Universe / Finale" to the covers of 2010 "I Love Rock 'n Roll"Twenity Box, released March 9, united into a single three releases. Special DVD-digest the history of the group also went in, a booklet and a special collection of early hits "Flower", "Anata",and "My Heart Draws a Dream" at random. It was further announced that L'Arc-en-Ciel will write the main theme for the anime Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: The Sacred Stara song called "Good Luck My Way".

28-29 May 2011 in Tokyo at Ajinomoto Stadium band L'Arc-en-Ciel played in honor of the anniversary of a huge concert. Since the date of the concert has been scheduled before the terrible earthquake, then later all funds raised from the concert were transferred as an aid to resolve this national tragedy. Also at the end of the concert the group announced the Japanese tour in 2011, and announced their world tour in 2012.


The band's 2012 world tour took them to Hong Kong on March 3, Bangkok on March 7, Shanghai on March 10, Taipei on March 17, New York on March 25, London on April 11, Paris on April 14, Singapore on April 28, Jakarta on May 2, Seoul on May 5, Yokohama on May 12–13, Osaka on May 19–20, Tokyo on May 26–27, and Honolulu on May 31. Their show in New York was originally scheduled to be at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on March 23, but was later moved to the main arena. Making L'Arc-en-Ciel the first Japanese artist to be the lead act at the legendary venue. They ended the tour by returning to the US for two nights in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 31 and June 1, the latter being for the group's fan club members only. At the first day, the mayor of Honolulu Peter Carlisle made a surprise appearance and declared May 31 "L’Arc~en~Ciel Day", saying he felt the band "made a great contribution to cultural activities, and built a bridge of friendship between Hawaii and Japan".


On March 21 and 22, the band played a two-day concert at the iconic National Stadium in Tokyo, where they also played and announced the future release of their new single "Everlasting".
In June 2015, the band announced a two-day concert under the name of L'ArCasino, held on Umeshima Outdoor Special Stage, Osaka, on September 21 and 22. As they did with the previous live performances in Tokyo, they played an upcoming single for a Christmas release, "Wing's Flap".


In December 2016, the single "Don't be Afraid" was released. The song was used as the main theme song for the film Biohazard: The Final, and the videogame Biohazard 7. To promote their release, the band recorded a VR music video for the PlayStation 4, which features the band members fighting zombies in a location of Racoon City. The music video is available on the PlayStation Store in Japan.



P'UNK~EN~CIEL - is a alternative band L'Arc-en-Ciel, in which the team members swapped and tools. They appeared in 2004, Hyde (vocals) takes the guitar, Ken (guitar) sits behind the drums, Yokihiro (drums) plays bass and Tetsu (bass) -poet. P'UNK ~ EN ~ CIEL rework songs L'Arc-en-Ciel in the style of punk, which is of course more difficult and fast, also with a hard tone Tetsu vocals. Hyde is on performances pirate patch over his left eye and Yokihiro wearing a gas mask. P'UNK ~ EN ~ CIEL stem from D'ark-en-Ciel, a special group of reversion to write a 18 minute song, which took place back in the early years of L'Arc-en-Ciel, when Sakura was a drummer. She came together with the single "The Fourth Avenue Cafe" in 1996. They recorded songs are now being used as well as additional on all singles produced from 2004, and their performance can be found both on the Live DVDs additions. P'unk-en-Ciel today plans to release his tracks have a separate album, as well as allowed to the TV video for Round & Round 2005 with humorous performer Aoki.

Hyde - Vocal

The lead singer of the group L'Arc-en-Ciel as well as a solo artist.

  • Name: Takarai Hideto (宝井秀人)
  • Birthday: January 29, 1969
  • Birthplace: Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood Type: O


  • hyde keeps much of his personal information secret, including his real name and birth date.
  • He is the only child in his family. His parents owned a pub with a karaoke box and were married very young.
  • He was in the band Jerusalem's Rod before joining L'Arc~en~Ciel as vocalist.
  • He married Oishi Megumi on December 25, 2000. He had stated that he had always admired Oishi and that she has a beautiful face. hyde was introduced to Oishi on Utaban after a performance of DIVE TO BLUE. They have one child, who was recently revealed by Oishi to be a boy. His name has not been released.
  • He originally wanted to become a cartoonist, but is color blind.
  • He has a big appetite and always tries the local cuisine of the countries he travels to.


L’Arc-en-Ciel TETSUYA

Tetsuya - Bass

Also known as tetsu and TETSU69 is the founder and bassist of the band. In December 2005, it was announced he would also be playing bass for a new band called Creature Creature with the vocalist of DEAD END, MORRIE.

  • Full Name: Ogawa Tetsuya
  • Birth Date: October 3rd, 1969
  • Birth Place: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood Type A
  • Height: 168cm


Ken - Guitar

He is the guitarist of L'Arc-en-Ciel and vocalist/guitarist of his own band, SONS OF ALL PUSSYS, which also includes former L'Arc~en~Ciel member Sakura. He also has a solo career under the name Ken.

  • Name: Kitamura Ken
  • Birthdate: November 28th, 1968
  • Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 178cm
  • Weight: 56kg


L’Arc-en-Ciel Ken

Yukihiro - Drums

He is the drummer of the Japanese Rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel and former drummer of ZI:KILL. Yukihiro replaced Sakura as L'Arc~en~Ciel's drummer in 1997 when Sakura was arrested for heroin possession and quit the band. He has a solo project band called acid android.

  • Full Name: Awaji Yukihiro
  • Nickname: Yukkii (ユッキー)
  • Birth Date: November 24th, 1968
  • Birthplace: Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Weight: 48 kg
  • Constellation: Sagittarius
  • Previous Bands: ZI:KILL, Die In Cries